1 hr 13 min

s1 e10 — MERLE OBERON and FREDDIE OVERSTEEGEN: the actress and the Nazi killer Notorious Women

    • Comedy

This week, Lavetta tells the story of the first Asian actress technically nominated for Best Actress Oscar, Merle Oberon, and Miriam tells the story of Dutch badass and Nazi killer Freddie Oversteegen.
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In this episode, Lavetta introduces the life of actress Merle Oberon (British, 1911–1979), who hid her true identity as a mixed-race woman — it is believed that she had South Asian and Maori heritage. The hosts explore her background, career in Hollywood, and the challenges she faced due to societal expectations and racism. The hosts also touch on the impact of her story, in that Oberon's success in Hollywood was a result of her talent and also the carefully crafted image of her background. Next, Miriam introduces resistance member Freddie Oversteegen (Dutch, 1925–2018), a Dutch woman who fought against Nazis and Dutch collaborators during World War II. Oversteegen and her sister Truus Menger-Oversteegen were teenage girls who joined the Dutch resistance. They carried out acts of sabotage, assassinations, and rescue missions to protect Jewish refugees and fight against the Nazis. Few women were directly involved in such activities. After the war, Oversteegen coped with the trauma by starting a family, while her sister became an artist and spoke about their experiences. They received national recognition in 2014 for their service.
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If you like this episode, please join us weekly for more discussions of notorious women. 
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email: notoriouswmpod@gmail.com
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patreon: https://www.patreon.com/NotoriousWomen
website: https://notoriouswomenpodcast.com/
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This week, Lavetta tells the story of the first Asian actress technically nominated for Best Actress Oscar, Merle Oberon, and Miriam tells the story of Dutch badass and Nazi killer Freddie Oversteegen.
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In this episode, Lavetta introduces the life of actress Merle Oberon (British, 1911–1979), who hid her true identity as a mixed-race woman — it is believed that she had South Asian and Maori heritage. The hosts explore her background, career in Hollywood, and the challenges she faced due to societal expectations and racism. The hosts also touch on the impact of her story, in that Oberon's success in Hollywood was a result of her talent and also the carefully crafted image of her background. Next, Miriam introduces resistance member Freddie Oversteegen (Dutch, 1925–2018), a Dutch woman who fought against Nazis and Dutch collaborators during World War II. Oversteegen and her sister Truus Menger-Oversteegen were teenage girls who joined the Dutch resistance. They carried out acts of sabotage, assassinations, and rescue missions to protect Jewish refugees and fight against the Nazis. Few women were directly involved in such activities. After the war, Oversteegen coped with the trauma by starting a family, while her sister became an artist and spoke about their experiences. They received national recognition in 2014 for their service.
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If you like this episode, please join us weekly for more discussions of notorious women. 
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email: notoriouswmpod@gmail.com
instagram: instagram.com/notoriouswomenpodcast/
patreon: https://www.patreon.com/NotoriousWomen
website: https://notoriouswomenpodcast.com/
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advertising inquiries: https://redcircle.com/advertisers

1 hr 13 min

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